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What Time Do Stores Close on Christmas Eve?

The Late Christmas Shoppers Guide to Finding Gifts


If you are wondering what stores are going to be open late on Dec. 23 or on Christmas Eve, chances are you behind on buying your holiday gifts. If so, don't panic. There are many stores with extended hours, coupons and a lot of merchandise for you to buy. Just take a deep breath and pretend it's November and let's take a look at some of your best options.

There are several stores that will be staying open until late on December 23, including Best Buy, JCPenney, Kohl's, and Target.

Depending on what state you live in you even have a few choices of stores that you can shop all night including several Macy's, Sports Authority, Toys "R" Us and Walmart stores.

If you have decided on gift cards, CVS and Walgreens have extended hours and 24-hour locations that will even be open on Christmas. Both stores offer many solutions for the late shoppers including gift cards you can buy for other retailers.

Also, many stores are still advertising that you can shop online and pick up your purchase at your local store. This is a great option if you are stuck at work or dread shopping.

Make your list, take a look at the store hours, types of stores that have extended Christmas hours, decide which stores to shop first and which stores you can hold off until the very last moment and put holiday shopping for 2011 behind you.

Best Buy

Most of the Best Buy stores are open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Dec. 23 and 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. To check your local Best Buy store use the store locator and type in your zip code. If you are stuck at work you buy online as late as 3 p.m. local time, December 24, when you use store pickup. See also Best Buy Deals of the Day


Costco does not have extended hours listed for Dec. 23 and Christmas Eve hours are listed as 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. If you do want to go to Costco, make it your first stop.


Many CVS/pharmacy locations offer extended hours and most 24-hour stores will be open on Christmas Eve. More than 4,000 CVS/pharmacy locations will be open on Christmas Day. Customers should call 1-800-SHOP-CVS to find a nearby CVS location that will be open.

Remember, CVS sells 130 gift cards from popular retailers and services including Barnes & Noble, iTunes and gift cards from American Express, Visa and MasterCard. You can find the gift cards at the front of the store. View your local CVS ad.


Most JCPenney stores are open from 7 a.m. until midnight on Dec. 23 and 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. See also: Current JCPenney Coupons and Promotions.


Depending on your location Kmart will be open 6 a.m. until midnight on Dec. 23 and 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve unless prohibited by law. To see if your local Kmart has extended hours you can either use the store locator or check the store list (pdf).


Most stores are open from 6 a.m. until midnight on Dec. 23 and from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. To check your local Kohl's hours and to view your local ad, visit Kohl's Store Locator and type in your zip code. See also: Kohl's Rebates. Kohl's Coupon for 15% and 20% off.


Most of the Macy stores are open from 7 a.m until midnight on Dec. 23 and 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. To check your local Macy's store use the store locator and type in your zip code.

There will be some of the Macy's stores that will be open on Dec. 23 until Dec. 24 when they close at 6 p.m.

Macy's 24-Hour Stores (14)

New York
  • Macy's Herald Square, New York City
  • Macy's at Queens Center Mall, Rego Park
  • Macy's at Staten Island Mall, Staten Island
  • Macy's at Roosevelt Field Mall, Westbury
  • Macy's Cross County, Yonkers
  • Macy's Walden Galleria, NY
  • Macy's Oakbrook
  • Macy's Woodfield, Schaumburg
  • Macy's Twelve Oaks, Novi
  • Macy's Oakland, Troy
  • Macy's Rosedale, Rosedale, MN
New Jersey
  • Macy's at Willowbrook Mall
  • Macy's Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill
Washington DC/Virginia
  • Macy's Tyson's Corner, Mclean, VA

Macy's 2 a.m. Closings (27)

  • Macy's Burbank, Burbank
  • Macy's Los Cerritos, Cerritos
  • Macy's Los Cerritos Home
  • Macy's South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
  • Macy's South Coast Plaza Home
  • Macy's Culver City, Culver City
  • Macy's Downey Stonewood Center, Downey
  • Macy's Imperial Valley, El Centro
  • Macy's Glendale Galleria, Glendale
  • Macy's Northridge Fashion Center, Northridge
  • Macy's Lakewood, Lakewood
  • Macy's Montebello & Montebello Home, Montebello
  • Macy's Plaza Bonita, National City
  • Macy's Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Macy's Fashion Valley, San Diego
  • Macy's Santa Ana Mainplace, Santa Ana
  • Macy's Fashion Center Del Amo, Torrance
  • Macy's Del Amo & Macy's Del Amo Home, Torrance
  • Macy's South Shore, Braintree, MA
  • Macy's Las Vegas Fashion Show, Las Vegas, NV
New York/New Jersey
  • Macy's Kings Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
  • Macy's at Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream, NY
  • Macy's Menlo Park Mall, Menlo Park, NJ
  • Macy's at Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ


Most Sears stores will be open 7 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 23 and 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They are still advertising that you can shop online and have your purchase delivered for free as long as you make your purchase during store hours and the item is in stock. To view your local ad, click on the link in the upper left-hand corner on the Sear's website.

Sports Authority

Sports Authority is having a '36 Hour Event,' nationwide and will open their doors at 6:00 a.m. on December 23 and remain open straight through until 6:00 p.m. on December 24.

Additionally, there will be special late night deals running on December 24th from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. The '36 Hour Event' will take place in 420 of Sports Authority's 464 locations nationwide. To confirm your local store is participating visit Sports Authority Store Locator.


Holiday hours for Target vary by location although many stores will be open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Dec. 23 and from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. I suggest calling to make sure what your local Target store hours are because the ad may show that the store closes at 11 p.m., but the store hours on the store locator page may show that the store closes at midnight which was the case in my area. When I called I was told the store closed at midnight.

Toys "R" Us

Most of the Toys "R" Us stores are staying open now through 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Stores in Paramus, NJ, select stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the Toys "R" Us Express and Outlet stores, will not be open 24 hours per day.

Some Toys "R" Us store locations will close at 8 or 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com Store Locator. You can view your local ad for the current deals.

The option to buy online and pick up at the store is available until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. If you are shopping for someone in another state you can also choose the "Family and Friends Pick Up" which allows a customer to designate an alternate person to pick up their order at the store of their choice, anywhere in the country.


Through Dec. 23, most Walgreens stores will be open until midnight. On Christmas Eve, nearly all stores will be open regular hours. Pharmacies will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Christmas Day, non-24 hour stores will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. All 24-hour stores and pharmacies will remain open around the clock. To find the nearest store, log on to Walgreens Store Locator or call 1-800-WALGREENS.


Walmart will be open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve at most Supercenters. Some locations may close at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24. To find your local Walmart use the Walmart Store Locator.

There, now don't you feel better? You do have options!

Happy Holidays

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